Divorce Attorneys in Detroit, Southfield and Westland Michigan

Whether you are merely contemplating divorce or have made a firm decision to end your marriage, it is important to understand the legal options involved. Trusted legal advice can help to guide you through a very difficult time.

You need to sit down with our divorce attorneys to discuss all the issues that accompany divorce, such as child custody, division of assets, child support and alimony. Our attorneys will explain what the divorce procedure entails, beginning with initial filing and the summons through final judgment. In discussing the various aspects of divorce, your attorney will advise you of your rights, help you to determine your objectives and assist you in making informed decisions.

At The Michigan Legal Team, our holistic approach to clients and divorce involves taking a wide view of our client’s responsibilities, assets and family relationships, along with legal parameters set by family law in order to chart the optimum course of legal action.

  • Will negotiating a settlement out of court between spouses benefit our client’s objectives?
  • Will mediation or arbitration be helpful in resolving specific issues?
  • In order to achieve what is best for our client and his or her children, will the degree of conflict necessitate that the case go to court?

While there are many questions you may have regarding divorce and what to expect, here is a bit of basic information that may serve as a starting point.

Grounds for divorce and the waiting period for a finalizing divorce in Michigan are as follows:

Michigan Grounds for Divorce

Grounds for divorce in Michigan are “no fault”, meaning, ‘‘A complaint for divorce may be filed in the circuit court upon the allegation that there has been a breakdown of the marriage relationship to the extent that the objects of matrimony have been destroyed and there remains no reasonable likelihood that the marriage can be preserved. In the complaint the plaintiff shall make no other explanation of the grounds for divorce than by the use of the statutory language.’’ In short, this means you may seek a divorce at any time and it does not require someone doing something “wrong”, only that the purpose of being married no longer exists.

Waiting Period for Finalizing Divorce in Michigan

Between filing a complaint for divorce and the time the court may hear the case, there is a 60-day waiting period. If a child under the age of 18 is involved in the divorce case, the waiting period is extended to six months (but this time can sometimes be shortened by the Court for good cause).

Choosing a divorce attorney is an important decision. We believe you will find the attorneys at our firm are sensitive to your needs. We invite you to arrange an in-person consultation with a divorce attorney at no charge to you.  Please call our office at (248) 353-3600.